Business, labor groups call on Vermont Senate to reject new tax increase

first_imgAt a press conference today at the Vermont State House, business and labor groups called upon the Vermont Senate to reject a new tax increase recently passed by the Vermont House on Vermont Yankee. â This is not the time and this is not the economy in which to increase taxes on businesses, especially solely targeting one Vermont employer,’said William Driscoll, Vice President of Associated Industries of Vermont.  â Vermontâ s economy and business reputation are struggling in many ways. This tax sets a bad precedent, one that other businesses will have a very watchful eye on,’said Mr. Driscoll. George Clain of the IBEW Local #300 said, â A 2010 analysis by the Joint Fiscal Office showed that Vermont will benefit most, from a fiscal, jobs, and economic standpoint, if Vermont Yankee continues to operate. This job preservation and job creating course is the path the legislature should be supporting instead ‘and immediately.â â This proposed tax increase is ill-advised for several reasons,’said Guy Page, Communications Director of the Vermont Energy Partnership. â It is an arbitrary tax increase.  It may even be punitive in nature. It was passed with too-little debate or discussion and violates the letter and spirit of long-standing tax accords. This sends out a very troubling signal about doing business in Vermont,’said Mr. Page.center_img Recently, the Vermont House approved a 120 percent annual tax increase on Vermont Yankee, from approximately $5 million to $11 million. The roughly $6 million annual increase to Vermont Yankeeâ s taxes is intended to assist Windham County to deal with post-Vermont Yankee issues, continue the Clean Energy Development Fund, and supplement the statewide education fund. Vermont Energy Partnership. 4.4.2012.last_img read more

Budget gets short shrift in Senate as amendments overshadow

first_imgby Anne Galloway vtdigger.org The Senate spent more than 12 hours over two days on the Big Bill this week. You might think the state is in a major budget-cutting moment, but that isnâ t the case.And yet, until 9 p.m. Thursday night senators hadnâ t had a single debate over the $5 billion government spending bill that the Legislature must pass in order to leave Montpelier.The reason then for the epic, two-day floor exercises? The budget bill has become the favorite vehicle for complex public policy legislation.Remember the 2010 Pete the Moose episode? This year there isnâ t anything snuck into the budget itself, according to Sen. Jane Kitchel, chief budget-writer for the Senate.The Senate Appropriations Committee delivered a â clean bill’to the Senate floor; the mischief came in the form of 16 amendments (including substitute amendments) tacked on to the underlying Big Bill, like so much ballast on a wayward ship.The number of amendments that were added to the budget and that have no direct relevance to the appropriations bill is unprecedented, according to several senators and observers of the process, including long-time state officials.Most of the amendments were for initiatives that would normally be considered as standalone bills, including the CVPS-Green Mountain Power merger, a proposal to allow childcare providers to collectively bargain, public ownership of VELCO and a moratorium on wind power. (There were also a few budget-related amendments ‘a generation tax provision and a change to the Choices for Care appropriation.)What do utility and labor policy have to do with the budget? Not much, say a number of senators and observers of the Green Room. But it isnâ t easy ruling that an amendment is â ungermane’when itâ s attached to the budget. Thatâ s because the appropriations bill is a catchall for every function of state government.For hours, the stateâ s budget aficionados hung around, on call to answer questions the senators might have about the $5 billion spending measure before them.Jim Reardon, commissioner of the Department of Finance and Management, who has worked in state government for several decades said he couldnâ t remember a time when so many unrelated amendments had been tacked onto the budget, even when the state was embroiled in mega-budget battles a few years ago and in the 1990s.Sen. Dick Sears, a member of the Appropriations Committee and a long-time senator, was incensed during the debate on Thursday night. He called the budget amendments a â bastardization of the process.ââ Where does it stop?’Sears asked in an interview. â What isnâ t germane to this bill?ââ I believe in this process and enjoy it, but this has taken it to new heights of absurdity,’Sears said.To prove just how ridiculously incongruous some of the legislation was in relationship to the budget, Sears offered (and then withdrew) and amendment to make treason a crime punishable by â life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.âSears said his remarks arenâ t a criticism of Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell. He attributed the unusual shift in protocol to senators’frustrations that their issues hadnâ t been heard. It all started, he said, with the Death with Dignity bill, which was added to the tanning bed ban legislation. â That opened the floodgate, unfortunately, on the budget,’Sears said.The amendments with the biggest policy implications ‘the merger, the windpower moratorium and childcare unionization ‘were bottled up in committee most of the session.â This is a reflection to me that the Senate is not willing to go through the committee process,’Sears said.He also blamed outside influences for complicating the politics this year. Lobbyists for Green Mountain Power, CVPS, the beverage industry, windpower companies and others have been more prevalent. In addition, advocacy groups have barraged senators with hundreds of emails from single-issue oriented constituents. Sears said he had received 10 emails alone from people in his district asking him if he had ever been a member of he American Legislative Exchange Council, a right-leaning organization that has written business-friendly sample legislation for state legislatures across the country. (He is not, and never has been a member.)Trouble is, once the bill reaches conference committee (the bill was messaged over to the House last night) lawmakers will have to not only compare notes on the $5 billion Big Bill, which is roughly 160 pages in length, theyâ ll also have to take up public policy issues that are not part of the Appropriations’committees purview.Many of the bills have not been fully vetted by committees in the Senate, and similar measures have not been taken up in the House.â There is no way all six of us who deal with the budget, which is difficult enough already and is a full-time job all by itself, can deal with five major bills on top of it in a policy areas we donâ t deal with,’Kitchel said.Rep. Lucy Leriche, majority whip of the House, said many of the amendments havenâ t been seen by representatives.â We have operated with the acknowledgment of the value of passing a budget that doesnâ t have extraneous ornaments,’Leriche said. â Itâ s hard to justify the additions whether we like the amendments or not. It will just make the whole process more difficult.âHereâ s a rundown of Senate doings:The Senate passed an amendment in the evening that would have allowed small childcare providers and workers at childcare centers to unionize. Later Thursday night, the provision was stripped from the budget bill in a substitute amendment from Sen. Bob Hartwell, D-Bennington.The Senate passed an amendment from Sen. Peter Galbraith, D-Windham, directing the Public Service Board to require utilities to return bailout money to ratepayers in the event of a merger.The Senate rejected a proposal from Sen. Vince Illuzzi, R/D-Essex-Orleans, to study 51 percent public ownership of the stateâ s transmission line system.The Senate voted down an amendment from Sen. Joe Benning, R-Caledonia, for three-year moratorium on windpower.The Senate and the House agreed to new reapportionment maps. The Senate map remains the same as the original version that passed the Senate, with one exception: Londonderry was moved to Windham County. The deviation rate is 18.01 percent The House map is the same as the House passed version, with the exceptions of changes to Rupert, Sunderland and Tinmouth. The deviation rate is 18.9 percent, according to Sears.Sen. Peg Flory proposed that $3 million of the $12.5 million generation tax on Vermont Yankee be set aside in fiscal year 2014 as contingency money for the state insurance liability fund, to help cover the stateâ s defense costs in the Entergy lawsuit. The amendment passed.On Friday, the Senate takes up the miscellaneous tax bill and redistricting. A Saturday session is planned. April 27, 2012 vtdigger.orglast_img read more

Governor announces tax relief for mobile home owners hit by 2011 flooding

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin today announced additional tax relief to help flood survivors who replaced mobile homes damaged or destroyed in either federally declared disasters that occurred in 2011, the spring flooding and Tropical Storm Irene. Specifically, a provision of Act 143 of 2012 makes purchases of these mobile homes tax-free for Vermont residents.  â Working together with the administrationâ s housing team, the Legislature passed a law assisting  Vermonters whose mobile homes were destroyed by flooding, including these tax provisions,’the Governor said. â This is one more way to help survivors of last yearâ s storms put their lives back together.â  Sue Minter, the stateâ s Irene Recovery Officer, added,  â We are continuing our effort to support individuals and families still recovering from Irene, and there remains a long road to full recovery for many Vermonters. Three criteria must be met to receive a reimbursement for taxes paid on a mobile home purchase.  First, you must be a Vermont resident.  Second, your mobile home was damaged or destroyed as a result of a 2011 federally declared disaster.  Third, Vermonters must have purchased the replacement mobile home between April 2, 2011 and June 30, 2012.  If these criteria are met, Vermonters will receive a check for any Sales and Use or Property Transfer Tax they had paid. â This is one of many ways the state is helping individuals and communities recover,’said Jennifer Hollar, Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development.  â The beauty of this program is that the funds  go right back to Vermonters to help them rebuild their homes and lives.”  The Department of Taxes has dedicated resources available to help those who may qualify for this tax reimbursement. Specifically, Vermonters can call the mobile home help line at the Department of Taxes at (866) 348-4038, e-mail [email protected](link sends e-mail), or download the proper form and information sheet at http://tax.vermont.gov(link is external).  â The Department of Taxes stands ready to help eligible Vermonters take advantage of this important program,’said Tax Commissioner Mary Peterson.  â We urge Vermont residents who replaced their mobile home due to flooding to apply for a tax reimbursement.’ Source: Governor’s office 6.12.2012last_img read more

Satellite TV companies crowdsource anti-tax campaign in Vermont

first_imgby Anne Galloway May 2, 2013 vtdigger.org Satellite TV companies are launching a media campaign to block a Senate proposal to tax monthly satellite TV bills.Direct TV and Dish will be purchasing air time on local TV and radio stations, and urging subscribers to put pressure on lawmakers to reject the new tax. H.528, the miscellaneous tax bill just passed by the Senate, will go to conference committee next week and the company hopes to scuttle the proposal.The tax bill puts a 3 percent excise tax on monthly bills this year and exempts the first $30 for one year.That tax, however, goes up to 4 percent the following year and drops the exemption. It automatically goes up to 5 percent in year three. The average bill is $85, according to Andrew Reinsdorf, a spokesman for Direct TV.We think its an unfair tax, Reinsdorf said.Senate Finance Committee members operated under the assumption that the tax about $1.3 million in year one would be absorbed by the companies.Not so, according to Reinsdorf. We are going to apply the excise tax and it has to be paid by the customer, he said.Satellite TV companies, like their counterparts in the cable world, are already assessed a 6 percent sales tax on programming. Cable companies, however, have to pay a 5 percent franchise fee as well. Until now, satellite companies have not had to pay additional assessments.Direct TV and Dish Satellite have together about 100,000 subscribers, and the companies plan to use their bully pulpit to warn viewers about the tax.It worked last time. The campaign generated about 1,500 emails that flooded the inboxes of the House Ways and Means Committee members. Soon after, lawmakers dropped the idea.The excise tax, Reinsdorf says, will be applied directly to consumers bills.last_img read more

VEC line crews continue power restoration effort to 3,000 customers

first_imgVermont Electric Cooperative, Inc,About 600 Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC) members are without power as of 6:30 am on Saturday as power thunderstorms once again barreled through VEC service territory causing severe damage on Friday evening. High winds and heavy rainfall caused many trees to uproot and fall on power lines resulting in extensive damage to the VEC system.VEC line workers, including contract line crews, worked throughout the night and restored power to more than 3,000 members.  Hundreds of trees have fallen on power lines and in roadways making accessibility difficult in some areas.In Guildhall and Maidstone, 188 VEC members are presently without power. Ten broken utility poles will be replaced today. Due to the amount of damage, full power restoration in this area may not be complete until Sunday.Restoration for all other outages is expected to take place throughout the day on Saturday. Presently, VEC has outages in the following towns: Albany, Barton, Brighton, Cambridge, Charleston, Eden, Fletcher, Glover, Guildhall, Maidstone, Morristown, Sheffield, Stowe, Underhill, Westford, and Wheelock.last_img read more

Report: 2014 was a year of ups and downs in the real estate market

first_imgColdwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty released the Northwest Vermont Market Report: 2014 Year in Review, an analysis of the real estate market and trends for 2015 in Chittenden, Franklin, Grand Isle, and Addison Counties. As the report shows, the past year proved to be a year of ups and downs for the Northwest Vermont real estate market, ending on a positive note. Difficult winter conditions and concerns about the future of IBM’s Essex Junction plant dampened sales in the spring and early summer. The announced purchase by GlobalFounderies of the plant and sustained low interest rates were a few factors that helped strengthen the fall market. Market Highlights(link is external)Luxury Market(link is external)Multi-Family Market(link is external)Rental Market(link is external)Chittenden County(link is external)Franklin County(link is external)Grand Isle County(link is external)Addison County(link is external)“Despite the slow start in three of the four counties in Northwest Vermont, the fourth quarter saw strong activity.  We expect to see that continue into 2015, with single digit increases in volume and modest price increases,” says Leslee MacKenzie, President /Owner of Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty.Historically, first-time purchasers have accounted for about 40 percent of purchases, the importance of this market cannot be underestimated.  Although high levels of student debt are discouraging this group, recently accounting for less than one third of the market, increases in household formation, high rental prices and the threat of higher interest rates are all factors encouraging them to get off the fence.Across the region’s four counties, sales volume fell 0.7 percent in 2014, while median sale pricing rose 0.9 percent. County vs 2013 Grand Isle County Addison County $215,000 $184,900 Franklin County $234,000 +2.30% +6.70%Chittenden CountyAfter sales volume slipped 6.5% during the first nine months of the year, home sales in Chittenden County roared back in the fourth quarter. The almost 20 percent jump in residential sales during the last three months of the year helped the county’s real estate market end the year with only a 0.8 percent decline from 2013. Despite the year’s bumpy transaction levels, the median sales price rose 2.3 percent to $261,500. Some towns saw robust pricing gains, with Shelburne’s median sale price jumping more than 26%, for instance.Franklin Countywas impacted by concern about the future over IBM’s plant in nearby Essex, given that the county is a popular location for employees. Sales volume slipped 2.2 percent last year, while median pricing declined 2.7%. With the future of IBM’s plant more secure and lower gas prices, our Realtors are witnessing renewed market activity in early 2015.Grand Isle CountySale volume in Grand Isle slipped 3.6% last year, while median pricing rose 6.7%, helped by buyers seeking waterfront property. It’s important to note that as Grand Isle is Northwest Vermont’s least active county for real estate transactions, a small number of transactions can have a relatively large impact on pricing trends.Addison CountyAddison County was boosted by a surge in buying in the fourth quarter, which lifted overall sales volume by 3.1 percent for the year. Still, median pricing slipped 2.3% to $215,000, which may be a preference from buyers for the county’s lower-priced inventory.The Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty Market Report is based on data collected from internal and external sources such as the Northern New England Real Estate Network and does not represent privately negotiated transactions. A copy of the complete report including results by town and an analysis of the luxury and investment property market segments can be found online at www.VermontMarketReport.com(link is external)Burlington, VT – January 15, 2015 – Coldwell Banker Hickok & Boardman Realty $261,500 -2.70% Chittenden County 2014 Median Sale Price -2.30%last_img read more

Vermont second best in nation in overall health

first_imgVermont Business Magazine In the country’s annual health checkup, Vermont ranks #2 this year when compared with other states – according to United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Annual Report. Hawaii was first; Louisiana was last. Vermont scored high rankings for its low violent crime rate, low infant mortality rate and low percentage of uninsured residents; the study said it faces challenges related to its disparity in health status by education levels, high prevalence of excessive drinking and high incidence of pertussis. Vermont joins other Northeast states in “Top 10” – Massachusetts (#3), New Hampshire (#5) and Connecticut (#6). Vermont was first in 2007, and again in 2009-2011 and has been second since. The state was #20 in 1990, the first year of the report.Nationwide, Americans are smoking less and living less sedentary lives, but rising rates of drug deaths – including illegal and prescription drug abuse – diabetes, obesity and children in poverty threaten nation’s health. United Health Foundation will publish new reports in 2016 to offer more information to help improve public health.The report’s national data show that in 2015, Americans are making meaningful progress on key health metrics including smoking less and leading less sedentary lives, but rising rates of drug deaths – including deaths from illegal drug use and prescription drug abuse – obesity, diabetes and children in poverty signal serious challenges ahead. United Health Foundation produces the America’s Health Rankings Annual Report to provide actionable, data-driven insights that stakeholders can use to effect change in a state or nationally.Vermont’s overall healthThe 2015 America’s Health Rankings Annual Report finds Vermont has a combination of strengths and challenges.Vermont’s Strengths Low violent crime rateLow infant mortality rateLow percentage of uninsured populationVermont’s WeaknessesLarge disparity in health status by education levelHigh prevalence of excessive drinkingHigh incidence of pertussisKey Vermont challenges addressed by UnitedHealthcare and Optum programs UnitedHealthcare and Optum watch America’s Health Rankings to better understand the health of individuals and communities across the nation and in Vermont. UnitedHealthcare and Optum have several programs that address the nation’s health challenges at a state level, designed to help educate people about living healthier lives, and empower stakeholders to act to improve health across Vermont communities.SEE VERMONT RESULTS(link is external)“For the last 26 years, the America’s Health Rankings Annual Report has provided a comprehensive picture of the challenges and opportunities facing Vermont’s health, and where we stand against our peer states and the nation at large,” said Renee Rulin, chief medical officer, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of New England. “We look forward to using this year’s report to continue identifying best practices that address Vermont’s most pressing health challenges and encourage our residents to lead the healthiest lives possible.”“This year’s America’s Health Rankings Annual Report reveals many encouraging gains in our nation’s health while showing clearly there is much more we as a country must do to maximize our health potential,” said Reed Tuckson, M.D., external senior medical adviser to United Health Foundation. “This report is a call to action to make disease prevention a key component of our culture. We want to ensure everybody – no matter what state they call home – is empowered to make healthy decisions for themselves, their families and their communities.”To see the national and state rankings in detail, visit www.americashealthrankings.org(link is external). RankingState 1Hawaii2Vermont3Massachusetts4Minnesota5New Hampshire6Connecticut7Utah8Colorado9Washington10Nebraska11New Jersey12North Dakota13New York14Rhode Island15Maine16California17Idaho18Maryland19South Dakota20Oregon21Virginia22Iowa23Montana24Wisconsin25Wyoming26Kansas27Alaska28Illinois29Pennsylvania30Arizona31North Carolina32Delaware33Florida34Texas35Michigan36Missouri37New Mexico38Nevada39Ohio40Georgia41Indiana42South Carolina43Tennessee44Kentucky45Oklahoma46Alabama47West Virginia48Arkansas49Mississippi50Louisianacenter_img United Health Foundation to publish new reports in 2016 to offer more information to help improve public healthIn 2016, United Health Foundation will introduce a new suite of reports and year-round information on key health behaviors, conditions and populations to amplify stakeholders’ efforts as they work to effect change across states and communities. This will include:New reports on selected populations. America’s Health Rankings will expand its publication of reports on select populations. In addition to the America’s Health Rankings Annual Report(link is external) and America’s Health Rankings Senior Report,(link is external) America’s Health Rankings will issue new annual reports on the health of mothers and children, and the health of the nation’s veterans.New spotlight reports on key public health topics. America’s Health Rankings will issue several “spotlight” reports over the course of the year focused on important markers of the nation’s health, such as substance abuse, prevention, healthy lifestyles and mental health.About America’s Health Rankings® Annual ReportAmerica’s Health Rankings Annual Report is the longest-running report of its kind. It is published by United Health Foundation in partnership with the American Public Health Association. For 26 years, the America’s Health Rankings Annual Report has provided an analysis of national health on a state-by-state basis by evaluating a historical and comprehensive set of health, environmental and socioeconomic data to determine national health benchmarks and state rankings. The America’s Health Rankings Annual Report employs a unique methodology, developed and annually reviewed and overseen by a Scientific Advisory Committee of leading public health scholars. For more information, visit www.americashealthrankings.org(link is external).The data in the report come from well-recognized outside sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Medical Association, FBI, Dartmouth Atlas Project, U.S. Department of Education and Census Bureau.About United Health FoundationThrough collaboration with community partners, grants and outreach efforts, United Health Foundation works to improve our health system, build a diverse and dynamic health workforce and enhance the well-being of local communities. United Health Foundation was established by UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) in 1999 as a not-for-profit, private foundation dedicated to improving health and health care. To date, United Health Foundation has committed more than $285 million to programs and communities around the world. We invite you to learn more at www.unitedhealthfoundation.org(link is external)last_img read more

Two huge signs to be installed at NECCA’s new home

first_imgVermont Business Magazine How many people does it take to make a sign? Mel Martin, volunteer for New England Center for Circus Arts’ capital campaign effort, has found out over the last two years. “It’s more than one might think,” he says, “especially if it is a 12-foot diameter sign and you’ve never designed a sign before.”Martin began designing two different signs in October 2014 for the newest custom-built circus arts trapezium building in the United States, built and located in Brattleboro, Vermont.Mel Martin, volunteer for NECCA. NECCA photos.He initially wanted something that would stand out in a distinctive and bold, yet artistic, way that would reflect the all-encompassing nature of circus arts.For the first sign, he came up with the idea of a circle, perhaps as in the circle of a compass. One can stand in the middle and choose to go in any direction. One might start off in the direction of aerial skills, but that doesn’t prevent someone from discovering juggling or clowning. The circle opens all possibilities – it is all encompassing, as in all ages, skills, and aspirations. “The circle also represents community. NECCA is a safe, supportive, non-competitive place to challenge yourself and discover new realms of the body and mind. It’s all connected,” he says. The second sign is a changeable-copy sign for announcing events and takes the form of two circles – a reflection of the founders, Elsie Smith and Serenity Smith Forchion, who are identical twins.Designing the signs on paper is one thing, but where and how to get them made, and then how to get them transported, were additional challenges. It took nine players for the fabrication of the two signs. It started with a Chicago company, Atlas Tube, who donated the steel pipe; another Chicago company, Chicago Metal Rolled Products, then bent the pipe; the materials traveled to Atlas Metal Works of South Windsor, CT, for the fabrication; then to Specialty Restoration of Westfield, MA, for the sandblasting; to Westside Finishing of Holyoke, MA, for the power coating; and finally sign maker Dennis Tier Signs provided the finishing touches.Jim Westbrook, pig farmer and husband of NECCA co-owner Elsie Smith, offered one of his flatbed trailers to transport the signs from Connecticut to Massachusetts to Vermont. The last stop was at NECCA, where Trumbull-Nelson Construction Co installed the signs sometime this week.“I wanted both signs to emanate from the earth with no visible base of timber, brick, or stone. It’s an attempt to achieve the sense of a performer posed boldly and elegantly for all to see and enjoy,” says Martin.Source: NECCA 1.5.2017last_img read more

NVU to expand distance learning with $389K USDA grant

first_imgNorthern Vermont University,Vermont Business Magazine A new USDA grant of approximately $389,000 will enable the new Northern Vermont University (the official name of Johnson State College and Lyndon State College as of July 1, 2018) to develop a distance-learning network that will increase live course offerings and delivery methods for students throughout Vermont and the country. With both mobile and fixed videoconferencing technology, the one-year grant will fund delivery of a range of courses and connect NVU and its two campuses, Johnson and Lyndon, to Vermont Technical College, and Vermont high schools and adult learners around the US. The grant, from the USDA Rural Utilities Service office, was awarded in January to Johnson State College, and is given through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program, which supports broadband to help communities access education and health care.Lyndon State College Campus. Courtesy photo.By the fall, the grant will support real-time, online courses through Northern Vermont University Online, NVU’s distance-learning division. The grant will support distance-learning classes for adult learners, campus-based videoconferencing courses shared by the Johnson and Lyndon campuses, dual-enrollment courses for high school students, and Vermont Tech nursing classes.“We’re increasing the variety of courses and providing that synchronous delivery mode that a lot of students want and don’t currently have access to,” NVU Associate Dean of Distance Education Programs Bobbi Jo Carter says.The grant will help the Vermont State Colleges System and the state meet goals of increasing higher education access, college degree completion rates and workforce development opportunities for Vermonters.“One of the major pieces people are really excited about is the partnership we have with Vermont Tech,” Carter says.The grant will fund the restoration of a dedicated classroom for Vermont Tech to deliver nursing courses to students in Lamoille County, an option that was discontinued in 2013.  In addition to the Vermont Tech courses, classes for adult learners will be available through desktop conferencing, so students can interact with a live class from anywhere they have an internet connection. And 28 Vermont high schools will receive new technology so dual-enrollment students can take college courses for credit while they’re at school.“The grant allows us to expand our offerings through different partnerships with different institutions. It allows us to serve that section of the population that really needs that live aspect but is geographically located so they can’t easily get to the places where they can take the course. And we will be able to coordinate with workforce development groups throughout the state,” Carter says.Trainings, conferences and informational sessions could be offered to groups like first responders in a videoconferencing room at NVU-Johnson or NVU-Lyndon.The new videoconferencing network will allow efficiencies such as course-sharing between Johnson and Lyndon after the transition to NVU.“With unification, we can potentially offer our students so many more opportunities,” Carter says. “But it isn’t feasible to expect students to travel back and forth between the two campuses…Now we’ll be able to connect them.”The grant also will support a connection between the NVU campuses and Sinte Gleska University, located on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota. In addition to increasing course options for students at both universities, the partnership could lead to cross-cultural, hands-on learning experiences for students.  On July 1, Johnson State College and Lyndon State College will become Northern Vermont University, a two-campus institution of higher education that combines the best of both colleges’ nationally recognized liberal arts and professional programs under a single administration. Driven by a mission to provide a high-quality, accessible, inclusive education for students in the state, the region, the nation and online, NVU is recruiting for its first class, which starts in the fall. Source: JOHNSON, VERMONT — Northern Vermont University NorthernVermont.edu(link is external). 2.16.2018last_img read more

Father shoots son in Goshen, non-fatal

first_imgVermont Business Magazine At about 3:30 am Sunday, August 19, 2018, the Vermont State Police were notified of a shooting at a home on South Hill Road in the town of Goshen. The investigation determined that Jeffery Young engaged in a verbal argument with his son, Nicholas Young through a locked/closed door. During the argument, Jeffery discharged a handgun multiple times through the same closed door striking Nicholas. While bystanders were attempting to render assistance to the victim, additional shots were fired from inside the residence.  Eventually the victim was loaded into a car and driven to the Rutland area. There they were met by responding rescue personnel and transported to Rutland Regional Medical Center, where he was treated for a non-life-threatening injury and released.At the residence, Troopers took  49-year-old Jeffery Young into custody in connection with the incident. Investigation indicates the shooting was not random, and there is no threat to the public. The Vermont State Police Crime Scene Search Team assisted with the search of the Young Residence in Goshen, VT.Jeffery Young, VSP photo.Jeffery Young, will be arraigned on August 20, 2018 at District Court in Addison County, Vermont.  Jeffery Young will be charged with Attempted Murder 2nd degree, Attempted Voluntary Manslaughter, Aggravated Domestic Assault, and two counts of Reckless Endangerment.Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the New Haven Barracks at 802-388-4919. CASE#: 18B502619RANK/TROOPER FULL NAME: Lt. Reg Trayah                             STATION: New HavenCONTACT#: 802-388-4919 DATE/TIME: 08/19/2018 at 3:30 a.m. INCIDENT LOCATION: 502 South Hill Road, Goshen, Vermont(link is external) INCIDENT: Weapons Offence CHARGES:      Attempted Murder 2nd degree, Attempted Voluntary Manslaughter, Aggravated Domestic Assault, and two counts of Reckless Endangerment.    ACCUSED:             Jeffrey Young Age: 49            Goshen, VT VICTIM:             Nicholas Young Age: 28            Plymouth, VT             Dale Clement Age: 28            Plymouth, VT            Arianna Curtis Age: 22            Hinesburg, VTSource: Vermont State Police 8.19.2018,Yeslast_img read more